When you think of words as “eternal” and “infinity,” would you not think of world-renowned artist Yayoi Kusama? At the New York Botanical Garden’s “Kusama: Cosmic Nature,” this is where you can experience Kusama’s lifelong fascination with cosmic perpetuity and the natural world.
At the exhibit are some of her monumental floral sculptures, “Dancing Pumpkin” (2020), an octopus with writhing tentacles splotched in yellow with black polka dots, “Narcissus Garden” (1966/2021), where steel balls float on an artificial wetland, and “I Want to Fly to the Universe,” a sun with red tentacles, conjuring up the image of a starfish, as well as a brand new Infinity Mirrored Room with interior access opening August 3.
Kusama, who grew up in Matsumoto, Japan, drew her inspiration from her childhood spent in greenhouses and her family’s plant seed nursery.
Her installation of Infinity Mirrors at the David Zwirner Gallery in Chelsea in 2019 drew a sellout for more than 100,000–so much that everyone was allowed in the room for only 30 seconds. This year, you can view Kusama’s monumental sculptures, installations, and gallery exhibits at the 250-acre garden until October 23, 2021. Wind down from all the screen time at work, and wind in to the spell of Kusama’s eternal world.
The New York Botanical Garden is located at 2900 Southern Boulevard. Bronx, NY 10458.